Anne K. Gauthier is senior fellow at the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she directs projects on state efforts to improve health system performance and on state roles in health reform. Prior to joining NASHP in July 2009, she was assistant vice president of The Commonwealth Fund and deputy director of the Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System. She also directed the Fund’s State Innovations which aims to improve state and national health system performance by supporting, stimulating, and spreading integrated, state-level strategies for expanding access to care and promoting high-quality, efficient care. Prior to joining the Fund in May 2005, she was vice president of AcademyHealth where she served as: program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization initiative, a program that bridges the health policy and health services research communities through grantmaking, convening, and the distribution of useable and timely information; senior advisor for the Foundation's State Coverage Initiative, which works with states to plan, execute and maintain insurance expansions; and a co-project director for a Fund project on administrative simplification in health care. Before joining AcademyHealth in 1989, she was senior researcher for the National Leadership Commission on Health Care, a private commission charged with developing a system-wide public/private strategy to control rising costs, improve the quality, appropriateness, and efficiency of care, and ensure universal access to a basic level of services. She held a position in the congressional Office of Technology Assessment from 1980 to 1986. Ms. Gauthier holds an A.B. in molecular biology from Princeton University and an M.S. in health administration from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health.